I’m admittedly late to the game in discovering Hungary’s technical death/grind outfit, Gutted but after seeing them destroy at Las Vegas Deathfest, I had to say something. Their energy live blew me away so I found it fit to give them money and procure a CD. I’m glad I did. Martyr Creation is bludgeoning from beginning to end.
The CD starts with a dramatic intro entitled “Chaos of the Beginning”. The remainder of the LP seems to follow the trajectory of a concept album based on the chaotic nature of creation itself. “Cosmos of Humans” punches listeners in the face immediately following the slow build up of the intro and this energy continues throughout the album. The sound on Martyr Creation seems to embody a sort of controlled chaos. Tangible yet entirely insane, in a good way.
The album is heavy in a way that it forces listeners to take notice. Technical elements are tasteful, however, and not difficult to digest or in any way distracting from the flow of the album. The leads are prominently pushed to the forefront in production. They maintain a melodic element while never losing sight of the chaotic theme of the band’s sound. I really give Gutted credit for their ability to write technical riffs and leads without losing the emotional aspect in the process. So few technical bands are able to achieve this. The result is an LP that induces self-administered whiplash.
For the most part, Martyr Creation blast off into an endless fury of speed, energy, and blasts from beginning to end, in true grind fashion, but tracks like “Deeper than Hell” deviate a bit from the formula with a short break into a clip of spooky background noises and creepy, Children of the Corn like echoes. This is the heart of the band’s originality. Sándor Hajnali’s growls complement the fury of Gutted’s sound perfectly and the production is good in the sense that you can hear every instrument without losing the rawness of the band’s death/grind style.
My only complaint would be that, in some ways, the tracks seemed to meld together with one track indistinguishable from the next. Although there were moments that stuck out. The solo in “Fades Away” is utterly insane and the breakdown in “False Happiness” hits you harder than the belligerent fat dude in the pit. Overall, this is a solid release from a band you should definitely be listening to if you’re not already.